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Old January 23, 2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Washington Post article on selective editing by anti-gunners

Here's an interesting article on The Washington Post:

I can't see the videos here at work, due to our firewall, but the article looks like one of which we should be aware. It deals with selective editing of a video, which was then run as an anti-gun message. It's from the WaPo's "Fact Checker" and the video got a "Three Pinocchio" rating, out of a possible four.
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Old January 23, 2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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At least they're balanced and link to the misleading NRA ad as well. I think nothing is gained when both sides stray from the facts.
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Old January 23, 2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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Mark you this, Bassanio,

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

An evil soul producing holy witness

Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,

A goodly apple rotten at the heart.

Oh, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
As it is, it has always been, apparently. Eh? Even the Good Bard knew oh so long ago. And yes, it worketh both ways.
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Old January 23, 2013, 10:21 AM   #4
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The most amazing part of that is that they only gave it 3 Pinocchios. If that only gets 3, I can't imagine what it would take to get 4.
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Old January 23, 2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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The most amazing part of that is that they only gave it 3 Pinocchios. If that only gets 3, I can't imagine what it would take to get 4.
It's explained in a link at the bottom of the WP article:
The Pinocchio Test
Where possible, we will adopt the following standard in fact-checking the claims of a politician, political candidate, diplomat or interest group.

One Pinocchio
Some shading of the facts. Selective telling of the truth. Some omissions and exaggerations, but no outright falsehoods.

Two Pinocchios
Significant omissions and/or exaggerations. Some factual error may be involved but not necessarily. A politician can create a false, misleading impression by playing with words and using legalistic language that means little to ordinary people.

Three Pinocchios
Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.

Four Pinocchios
IOW blatant and outright lies about Rep. Barrow would be required to earn four. The ad falsely twists and exaggerates his positions, but it does so by using symbolism and implying guilt by association, rather than by making any explicit statements. IMHO three is appropriate.
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